Silver Lace Fern Pteris ensiformis, 6"

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Silver Lace Fern | Pteris ensiformis, 6" - PlantX US
Silver Lace Fern | Pteris ensiformis, 6" - PlantX US
Silver Lace Fern | Pteris ensiformis, 6" - PlantX US
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Silver Lace Fern Pteris ensiformis, 6"

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Quick Description

This vibrant fern exhibits an array of bright splashes of white pouring throughout the leaves and stems, adding life and diversity to gardens

Size - 6"

Key Information & Plant Overview

Other Common Names: Slender Brake, Sword Brake Fern, or Slender Brake Fern
Binomial Name: Pteris ensiformis
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright indirect
Water: Keep the soil slightly moist, allowing for the soil to almost dry in between watering. Water thoroughly and drain any excess water.
Pet Friendly: Yes

This vibrant fern exhibits an array of bright splashes of white pouring throughout the leaves and stems, adding life and diversity to gardens. The Silver Lace fern oval-shaped leaves have a cream-white coloured centre and fade into a bright green. These lace-textured leaves grow on slender sword-like stems and can be as long as six inches. This tropical fern low care requirements make it an excellent vivarium plant to have in a collection. 

The Silver Lace fern is native to Southeast Asia and China and belongs to the family of Pteridaceae. This high humidity-loving fern prefers bright to indirect light with temperatures between 15° – 24° C ( 60° – 75° F ).  Silver Lace fern has a neat root system called rhizomes. A rhizomes root system is a horizontal underground plant stem capable of producing a new plant's shoot and root systems.

PlantX Top Tip: If brushed against, the leaves may become damaged as the leaves are brittle.

How to Care for Silver Lace Fern

Light: Bright indirect
Water: Keep the soil slightly moist, allowing for the soil to almost dry in between watering. Water thoroughly and drain any excess water.
Humidity: High relative humidity of 50% or higher
Temperature: Average from 15°C to 24°C ( 60°F to 75°F )
Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Propagation: Division
Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Gently remove dried or brown stems at their base.
Toxicity: Non-toxic. Always keep plants out of reach of pets and children

Silver Lace Fern - Common Problems

Drooping, wilting leaves: Drooping, wilting leaves are a sign that your fern is in distress from underwatering. Try to water a growing silver lace fern every few days when the top half-inch of soil begins to feel dry.

Dry, crispy feeling fronds: This is a sign of low humidity and will thrive in places with more than 50% humidity. Providing additional humidity and misting can help bring the levels up.

Root Bound: Rootbound is common in ferns and can happen quickly with yellowing leaves, slow growth, grow out of the pot, or even break the pot. Plant your fern in a slightly larger pot about 2" bigger in spring to prevent root-bound ferns.

Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.

Common Pests: Whitefly, plant scale, mealy bugs, and aphids

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I fertilize my fern? 

When the plant is mature, you should fertilize it during the growing season and cut back to every five to eight weeks in the colder months.

What is the best time to propagate?

Spring is the best time as the silver lace fern is a fast-growing plant and needs to increase pot size every year. When you remove all the old dirt, you will notice that the roots grow from thick rhizomes that can reproduce into a new plant.

How can I increase variegation in Silver Lace Ferns?

To help boost variegation, place your fern in bright light and a cool room.

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